One Mathematical Perspective of Economics, Ecology and Society: Some Natural Necessities in Elementary Interdisciplinary Mathematical Education

By Martin E. Walter.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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At http://www.colorado.edu/math/earthmath one finds the text “Mathematics for the Environment”, for a college course, the ultimate goal of which is the discovery and understanding of any fundamental principles that might govern the relationships of society to the environment. The mathematics is kept
elementary and thus widely accessible.
There are mathematical patterns which take the form of laws, potentially revisable, which apply to society and Nature. The current financial crisis is in large part a result of violating both rather fixed mathematical rules and some social rules which are to some extent negotiable among humans. Coming crises, such as those stemming from climate change, arise from violating rules of Nature
which are not negotiable. We discuss these principles and possible mitigations of probable future disasters.

Keywords: Mathematics, Economics, Ecology, Crisis, Fundamental Principles, Education

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.111-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.632MB).

Prof. Martin E. Walter

Profesor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA

I am a professional mathematician who divides his time between pure mathematical research and research and teaching applied to social and environmental subjects. I have had a life-long interest in all things mathematical and/or environmental. I currently do research, teach and advise at undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Colorado, Boulder. For hobbies: I enjoy outdoor activities; I have a 10 acre organic farm; and I have a large library of books on many subjects.